Travel to Africa post Covid

Africa Safari Specialists

Travel With Jules are members of ATTA and as such receive daily updates on the status of travel guidelines and restrictions to all destinations in Africa.  We also receive the latest news from safari camps, airlines, tourist boards and conservation bodies … basically any news to do with African tourism lands in our in box daily! 

So please contact us if you are thinking of booking an African Safari and we will have the most up to date information for you.

We also have access to a travel insurance company which offers protection to those countries still on the UK’s FCDO advisories against all but non essential travel (pre Covid these were only applied to war zones, but since the Govt has had a blanket worldwide travel ban in place, sadly many countries in Africa are still classed as ‘off limits’). 

Travel Advice to Africa

Rwanda 

(Updated 20 Nov 2020)

Rwanda has been added to the UK Travel Corridor list. With direct flights from London to Kigali with RwandAir (not daily), it is now possible to travel freely between the UK and Rwanda. There is a fuel stop in Brussels, but as travellers remain on the plane, there will be no need to quarantine on return to the UK, should Brussels not have an air bridge at time of travel.

All travellers arriving into Rwanda must be tested negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departure (meaning you get tested and get results no more than 3 days before your first flight). 

A second PCR test will be carried out on arrival once the visitor has arrived at their designated hotel. The test costs US$50 plus US$10 medical service fee. The test will take 8 hours to return for tourists. If the test is older than 72 hours (but less than 7 days) the traveller must go into 7 days supervised quarantine. On arrival travellers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health questionnaire, which they send to you in advance.

Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda (image Julie Croucher)

Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda (image Julie Croucher)

Namibia

(Issued 20 Nov 2020)   Updated 17 Dec 2020 removed from the travel corridor …. I give up! 

Namibia has been added to the UK Travel Corridor list. With direct flights possible from Doha and Dubai in peak season – both also currently on the UK Travel Corridor List, this is a very positive step for 2021.

Travellers are welcome and need to present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours upon check in for their flight. If the test is older than 72 hours (but less than 7 days) the traveller must go into 7 days supervised quarantine. On arrival, travellers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health questionnaire, which they send to you in advance.

 

ZIMBABWE

(Updated 7 December 2020 via ATTA)

All ports of entry / exit in Zimbabwe are now open.

Quarantine on arrival: it has come to our attention that both the UK FCDO and US State Department websites advise all travellers have to quarantine for 14 days on arrival. This is NOT correct.

Travellers arriving into Zimbabwe with a negative certificate are exempt quarantine. We are in touch with the FCDO who have acknowledged the discrepancy and will update you when we have further information on any changes.

Testing: PCR testing is available at international Zimbabwean airports at $60 each with a 2 hour turnaround time. If testing is positive, guests are monitored by a Rapid Response team for quarantine either in a medical facility if they are showing symptoms, or, if asymptomatic at a designated lodges or private home. 

NOTE FOR UK TRAVELLERS: Ensure you have a negative test certificate before you arrive into Zimbabwe. 

Zimbabwe---elephants-feeding-Mana-Poools

Zimbabwe – elephants in Mana Pools National Park